New Delhi: Jyotiraditya Scindia formally joined the BJP on Wednesday, a day after resigning from the Congress after 18 years in the party. Scindia’s exit from his now-former party came as a result of various issues; the immediate trigger, however, was being denied a Rajya Sabha ticket by the Congress from Madhya Pradesh. Also Read - 'Wish Things Were Resolved Internally,' Says Sachin Pilot Day After Jyotiraditya Scindia Quits Congress
He is now the third member of his family currently in the BJP. His aunts-former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Yashodhara Raje Scindia, the party’s MLA from Madhya Pradesh’s Shivpuri Assembly constituency-are already members of the saffron party. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: Hours After Joining BJP, Posters Featuring Scindia, PM Modi, Shah Appear in Bhind
Here are the top ten developments from the day with regards to this story: Also Read - 'Only Person in Congress Who Could Walk Into my House Anytime,' Says Rahul Gandhi on Jyotiraditya Scindia
- Jyotiraditya Scindia was inducted into the BJP by national president JP Nadda in presence of several senior party functionaries, including Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and VD Sharma, the party’s Madhya Pradesh unit chief.
- Moments after his induction, he was named by the BJP as one of its two candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh, the other being Harsh Chauhan. The Rajya Sabha polls will take place on March 26.
- Speaking as a BJP leader for the first time, he said that the Congress ‘is no longer what it used to be,’ adding that the party ‘is living in denial.’ He further said, “I can say with confidence that the Congress is not fulfilling its aim of public service.”
- He, however, had words of praise for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under whom, he said, ‘the country is in safe hands.’ He also thanked the Prime Minister, as well as Home Minister Amit Shah for giving him a place in their ‘family.’
- Scindia also mentioned two dates, which, he said, were very ‘special’ to him. First, he said, was September 30, 2001, the day his father Madhavrao Scindia died in a plane crash and the second was March 10, 2020, his father’s 75th birth anniversary, also the day on which he (Jyotiraditya) quit the Congress.
- Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi, too, broke his silence on the issue and said that Jyotiraditya Scindia was the only Congress leader who could ‘walk into my house anytime.’ This was in response to reports of Scindia being denied audience by the Gandhis.
- 98 Congress MLAs, meanwhile, were taken from Bhopal to Jaipur, where they were received by Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot at the airport. The BJP, too, shifted its MLAs, whisking them away to Gurugram in Haryana where it is in power.
- The 22 pro-Scindia MLAs who are in Bengaluru are reportedly unwilling to join the BJP. The MLAs, reports state, say that they came to Bengaluru for Maharaj (Scindia) and not to join the BJP. The Congress is said to be confident of wooing them back to the party fold.
- Reacting to the chain of events, the Congress appointed several new state unit chiefs, including its Karnataka strongman DK Shivakumar as the party president in the state.
- Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, himself at odds with CM Ashok Gehlot, called Scindia’s exit ‘unfortunate’ but also said that the issue could have been resolved ‘collaboratively’ within the party.